2009-2010 Assessment of the Army Research Laboratory by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Laboratory Assessments Board, Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board

The cost of the military examine Laboratory Technical evaluation Board (ARLTAB) is to supply biannual exams of the clinical and technical caliber of the examine, improvement, and research courses on the military examine Laboratory (ARL). the recommendation supplied during this file makes a speciality of technical instead of programmatic concerns. The Board is assisted via six nationwide examine Council (NRC) panels, each one of which makes a speciality of the component to the ARL software performed via one in every of ARL's six directorates. whilst asked to take action through ARL, the Board additionally examines paintings that cuts around the directorates. The Board has been acting tests of ARL due to the fact 1996. the present document summarizes its discovering for the 2009-2010 interval, within which ninety six volunteer specialists in fields of technology and engineering participated within the following actions: vacationing ARL each year, receiving formal displays of technical paintings, studying amenities, conducting technical discussions with ARL employees, and reviewing ARL technical fabrics. The Board is still inspired by way of the general caliber of ARL's technical employees and their paintings and applauds ARL for its transparent, passionate quandary for the tip consumer of its technology--the soldier within the field--and for ARL's verified mindfulness of the significance of transitioning expertise to help speedy and longer-term military wishes. ARL employees additionally proceed to extend their involvement with the broader clinical and engineering group. usually, ARL is operating rather well inside a suitable learn and improvement (R&D) area of interest and has been demonstrating major accomplishments.

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Is it supposed to be applying the basic science of others to specific issues raised by its Army customers? Presumably, the answer is “yes” to both questions, but those goals live in necessary tension with each other. Customer-based, applied work is of obvious importance, but the results will often be too specific to be interesting to the broader scientific community. Basic science projects must proceed with the understanding that they might fail or, perhaps more typically, that they will produce valid, statistically significant results of no apparent near-term use to the Army.

For example, at the large scale these include Army Technology Objectives (ATOs)—project proposals must describe how the project contributes to formally defined ATOs. At a finer grain, individual research proposals may be reviewed by Army Research Laboratory (ARL) fellows, experts in their scientific domains, whose appraisals of proposed projects are provided to the ARL Director, who decides whether to allocate to proposed projects discretionary funds for the initiation of research. The effectiveness of this rather complex and bureaucratic system varies across HRED.

2009-2010 Assessment of the Army Research Laboratory 34 2009–2010 ASSESSMENT OF THE ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY of these tools to support Army applications is commendable. Overall, HRED has the opportunity to be at the forefront of research in this area. The IMPRINT model development effort continues to reach out to meet the needs of a wide range of users. Users can now develop their own plug-ins and post these on the IMPRINT Pro Online User Community Web site, a SharePoint site. This is very useful for researchers, industry, and Army users.

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